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Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prostheses

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you might be wondering what your options are for restoring your smile and improving your oral health. One excellent solution is an implant-supported full-arch prosthesis. This type of dental restoration can give you a fixed set of prosthetic teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. But who is a good candidate for this treatment?

Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prostheses

Understanding Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prostheses

This treatment involves placing several dental implants in your jawbone. These implants act as anchors for a full set of prosthetic  teeth. We often refer to them as a full-arch prosthesis or an implant-supported denture. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on your gums, this type of prosthesis is fixed in place. As a result, it provides more stability and comfort.

Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prostheses

The main candidates for implant-supported full-arch prostheses are those who are missing most or all of their teeth. This treatment is especially beneficial for those who have lost their teeth due to decay, gum disease, or trauma.

Furthermore, patients considering dental implants need good overall health. This is because the surgical procedure to place the implants requires you to be in good condition to heal properly. Candidates should not have any uncontrolled chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, as these can complicate the healing process.

Also, healthy gums are essential for successful dental implants. Candidates should not have active gum disease. This is because gum disease can affect the integration of the implants with the jawbone. If you have gum disease, your dentist will need to treat it before proceeding with implant surgery.

Adequate jawbone density is necessary to support dental implants. If you have experienced bone loss in your jaw, you might still be a candidate for implants. However, you may require additional procedures like bone grafting to build up the bone.

Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure. Therefore, ideal candidates are non-smokers or are willing to quit smoking, especially during the healing period.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the long-term success of implant-supported prostheses. Candidates must be committed to regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups to keep their implants and gums healthy. Otherwise, they risk losing their implants and their financial investment.

Finally, it’s important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the treatment process and outcomes. While implant-supported full-arch prostheses offer many benefits, the process can take several months from start to finish, including healing time after implant placement.

Why Choose Implant-Supported Full-Arch Prostheses

If you qualify for this restorative process, you can enjoy many different benefits that can enhance your overall wellness. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported prostheses are fixed in place, offering greater stability and comfort. You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or moving while eating or speaking. With a stable set of prosthetic teeth, you can enjoy a wider variety of foods without difficulty. This can improve your overall nutrition and quality of life.

Implant-supported prostheses look and feel like natural teeth. They are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your original teeth, giving you a confident, natural-looking smile. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are missing. This helps maintain your facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance associated with tooth loss.